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Board looks at Grigsby Chapel traffic calming


The Board of Mayor and Aldermen awarded a contract for engineering design services to Cannon and Cannon, Inc. for traffic calming islands on Grigsby Chapel Road at its meeting Thursday, July 10.

Cannon and Cannon suggested the islands in their study of traffic calming options along Grigsby Chapel last year. The idea was presented to the Board Feb. 14.

The proposal included a not-to-exceed fee of $15,500 and specified that plans must be completed within 90 days of the receipt of a notice to proceed.

“I would like to thank the Board and the staff for including and approving … the design of the median islands,” said Wyndham Hall resident Mul Wyman.

“The purpose of the project is for traffic calming, specifically to reduce traffic speed, to discourage cut-through traffic and to eliminate the use of the center turn lane of Grigsby Chapel as a passing lane,” he added.

The contract did not include landscape design. However, Wyman presented the Board with a petition from Grigsby Chapel subdivisions requesting the islands be landscaped with grass and low-lying shrubs, not artificial turf.

“Grigsby Chapel Road is a major gateway and entryway into the residential area of the town of Farragut. We don’t like visual clutter … and what we need to do is preserve and enhance Grigsby Chapel,” Wyman said.

“Darryl [Smith, Town engineer] and I talked earlier about making these islands grass or low-lying growth or trees,” said Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III.

Board members planned to add landscape design as a supplement to the contract once landscape ideas were decided on.

The Board awarded another contract to Cannon and Cannon for design of an additional southbound lane at the intersection of Campbell Station Road and Interstate 40.

The extra southbound land would be added to Campbell Station between Snyder Road and the existing westbound on-ramp to I-40/75. Cannon and Cannon also suggested this improvement during their study of Farragut’s roadway network.

The additional lane will allow southbound traffic to clear the intersection more quickly, alleviating backup that occurs at the on-ramp during peak hours.

The proposal included a not-to-exceed fee of $24,500 and specified that plans must be completed within 90 days of the receipt of a notice to proceed.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved, on second and final reading, Ordinance 08-09, which defines tree pruning and tree topping and disallows tree topping in commercial uses.

• Approved, on second and final reading, Ordinance 08-10, the fiscal year 2009 budget.

• Approved, on second and final reading, Ordinance 08-11, which would allow permits required for special events involving the outdoor retail sale of beer to be passed by the Beer Board.

• Appointed Bob Leonard to Farragut Folklife Museum Committee.

• Approved bid for annual road maintenance to J.G. Mullins Construction Company.

• Approved bid for annual signal maintenance to Progression Electric, LLC.

• Approved bid for annual guardrail maintenance to Tennessee Guardrail, Inc.

• Approved bid for installation of pavement markings to Volunteer Highway Supply Company, Inc.

Each of these bids was awarded to the same contractor as the previous year. Each was also the only bid received in its category.

 

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